Posts Tagged ‘Faith’

Story of the day: Running on thin ice?

There was a man one day whose wife was very ill. It was in the frontier days and he had to get to a pace that had medicine to save his wife’s life. The only problem was that it was wintertime and in order to get to the person with the medicine, he had to cross a lake. The lake had been iced over. His wife’s life depended upon it, so he had to get up and cross this cold lake that had now been covered with ice. He was terrified. He was concerned that the ice would break. Sacred to death but spurned on by love for his wife, he got down on his hands and knees and inched along, ever so carefully.

All of a sudden, he felt a rumbling on the ice. He was even more terrified. Maybe the ice was cracking. The rumbling got louder. It became thunderous. The man was living in terror. But as the noise got closer, he looked up behind him and saw a man driving a team of horses across the ice. The horses pulled a carriage that was loaded with a bunch of boxes and it just went thundering across the ice. All of a sudden, the man stood up, started walking, and then running. This man who was full of fear became a man full of confidence. He learned something about the ice. He learned that if it could hold a team o horses thundering across it, it could certainly hold him.

If you want to have more confidence in God, then hang around somebody who’s riding with God with a team of horses so that you’ll know He can carry you with whatever you are facing. Find somebody who’s been where you are and has experienced God’s deliverance. Their story of faith will encourage you. [Evans, Tony. Tony Evans’ Book of Illustrations. Chicago: Moody Publishers. 2009. pg. 99-100.]

Quote of the day: Hess

“Fear hinder faith, but trust kindles confidence.”

Bible verse of the day: 1 Corinthians 11:1 (NIV)

“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Each and every day, I place my complete faith in You. It is my faith that keeps me grounded and provides peace that passes all understanding. I am thankful to You for showering me with grace and for always being there for me. I know that I can stand firm in You today and that Your strength will fill me to overflowing. I love You Father and I am thankful for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

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Story of the day:  Everyday Stresses

Stress can come in a variety of different forms.  It can range from money, finances, or even doubt. 

Doubts assail like gale-force winds, tossing us this way and that.  We wonder what to do, which way to turn, what direction to take.  We may even question our faith, doubting God’s goodness or even that He is there.  Like night storms, difficult circumstances terrify us, confuse us, and fill us with anxiety.  But God’s truth cuts through the darkness like the powerful beam from a lighthouse, providing warning, direction, security, and hope.

We aren’t abandoned to our doubts and uncertainties; God tells us to ask Him for wisdom, and He will answer…”gladly.”

Do you want to know what to do?  Do you desire to follow God’s way?  Do you need his wisdom for the decisions you face?

Just ask in faith.  He promises to give you His wisdom [Living Water:  for those who thirst, 2000.  Tyndale Publishing, pgs. 220-221]

Quote of the day:  Galileo

“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forego their use.”

Bible verse of the day:  James 1:5 (NKVJ)

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

The day can sometimes be a little stressful.  I pray for wisdom in knowing the right way to handle the stresses that may come my way.  I pray to be prayed up at all times so that the manner in which I handle things is done through patience and even out of love.  I thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  By Faith

     It’s not a coincidence that words are used more than one time in the Bible.  Are they placed there just because, or is there something more?  With me, I choose to  believe that there is so much more.  

    When God repeats things, we should take note, because the things He says are of great importance.  One phrase that is used many times in the Bible and can be found multiple times is in Hebrews 11:1-40.  When I read through these verses, I counted at least 28 times where the word faith was used. 

     Hebrews describes some of the most tried people, who by faith, set this word as their firm foundation under everything in their life.  They did this because they believed that their life was worth living.  The people that Hebrews speaks about had so much faith in something that couldn’t be seen and that set them apart from everyone else.  This same faith is ours today if we would just take hold of it and embrace it the way our ancestors did many years ago.  And yes, there will be times where your faith will be tested, but it is during these times that God will help you to overcome, protecting you from fire, swords, and any battles that you may encounter.  By faith, we can be made whole.

Quote of the day:  Nancy Guthrie

“Our faith keeps us from being swallowed in despair.”

Bible verse of the day:  Hebrews 11:3 (The Message Bible)

“By faith, we see the world called into existence by God’s Word, what we see created by what we don’t see.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I pray that my faith increases daily.  Father, through trials and tribulations, I know that I will be tested.  My prayer is that I don’t get caught up in the things that will drive me bananas, but that my faith, hope, and trust lies wholly in You.  Thank You for Your loving, guiding, and strengthening me through things that I can’t handle on my own.  I thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  Faith

Imagine a family of mice who lived all their lives in a large piano.  To them in their piano-world came the music of the instrument, filling all the dark spaces with sound and harmony.  At first the mice were impressed by it.  They drew comfort and wonder from the thought that there was Someone who made the music–though invisible to them–above, yet close to them.  They loved to think of the Great Player whom they could not see.

 Then one day a daring mouse climbed up part of the piano and returned very thoughtful.  He had found out how music was made.  Wires were the secret; tightly stretched wires of graduated lengths that trembled and vibrated.  They must revise all their old beliefs; none but the most conservative could any longer believe in the Unseen Player.

 Later, another explorer carried the explanation further.  Hammers were now the secret, numbers of hammers dancing and leaping on the wires.  This was a more complicated theory, but it all went to show that they lived in a purely mechanical and mathematical world.  The Unseen Player came to  be thought of as a myth.

But the pianist continued to play.

Quote of the day:  Craig Brian Larson

“The Christian faith enables us to face life or meet death, not because we can see, but with the certainty that we are seen; not that we know all the answers, but that we are known.”

Bible verse of the day:  Matthew 14:27

“But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer!  It is I; do not be afraid.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for such a relaxed weekend!  My time with You has been fulfilling and restful.  You have recharged my batteries and have begun to prepare me for the next journey in my life.  My faith is ever growing and is dependent on You for every area in my life.  I thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen 

 

Quote of the day:  From Discouragement to Hope

There are so many words that come to mind when I think of the word discouragement.  Some that I thought of immediately were:  sadness, despair, melancholy, loss of confidence, the blues, and pessimism.  There are many reasons that people become discouraged.  I was reading an excerpt from Billy Graham, and I found some of the reasons that he lists to be important.  He writes:  

Perhaps you are discouraged because you think you aren’t making enough money (and you aren’t convinced God can supply your needs.) Or you are frustrated in your job (and refuse to believe God can help you be content.)  Or maybe you are worried about health problems (and you don’t even stop to consider that your life is in God’s hands).

Discouragement is a large cloud that, like all clouds, obscures the warmth and joy of the sun.  In the case of spiritual discouragement the Son of God, the Lord Jesus, is eclipsed in our lives.  Discouragement blinds our eyes to the mercy of God and makes us perceive only the unfavorable circumstances.

There is only one way to dispel discouragement, and it is not with our own strength or ingenuity.  It is to turn in faith to God, believing that He loves us and is in control of the future. 

When we turn to God in our time of discouragement, not only does He provide strength for our situation, but He also turns our times of discouragement into hope.  And, when I think of the word hope, I find far more words that are used to describe it and I find them more encouraging.  They are:  achievement, anticipation, aspiration, belief, confidence, desire, endurance, FAITH, hopefulness, optimism, promise, and reward.

Quote of the day:  Ben Patterson

 “Hope delivers us from the despair that nothing we do matters, and enables us to tackle even the most menial job with vigor.”

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 27:14  

“Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Although there are many words that describe the word discouraged, there are so many that cancel it out with hope.  I am thankful for hope, because it has given my faith a springboard to jump back from after I have been discouraged.  I am grateful to You for teaching me at the first signs of my discouragement how to come straight to You in prayer.  My prayer is for those that may be experiencing some discouragement in their life right now.  I ask that they too will stop where they are and come to You in prayer and that You will show them the greatness that comes from seeking You first.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  Thankfulness

“Thankfulness sharpens us.  It reinforces our understanding of God’s goodness.  If there’s a situation that we don’t quite understand what God’s doing, then we thank Him for it.  Jesus often thanked His Heavenly Father.  As we follow in His steps, we too will walk in total thankfulness.” Nick Harrison

Quote of the day:  John Henry Jowett

“Life without thankfulness is devoid of love and passion.  Hope without thankfulness is lacking in fine perception.  Faith without thankfulness lacks strength and fortitude.  Every virute separated from thankfulness is maimed and limps along the spiritual road.”

 Bible verse of the day:  Colossians 2:7

“rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I come today in Your presence, with thanksgiving in my heart, and I give You praise.  I pray to be sharpened this day and everyday by my thankfulness.  I pray as I walk in Your steps, that I will walk in total thankfulness.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  Great Commission

     Jeff and I have been reading a great book entitled Share Jesus Without Fear, written by William Fay.  In this book, the author sets up a game plan for those that may run into situations on how to deal with evangelism.  The following excerpt is from the book and I believe the author does a great job in illustrating the need for evangelism.  He writes:  “God has called each of us to share our faith, in obedience.  He has called each of us to evangelize.  If one of your excuses for not sharing your faith is, “I don’t have the gift of evangelism,” then you need to examine Scripture.  You will find the command of the Great Commission:  to evangelize, to encourage evangelism, and to urge evangelism.” 

     He goes on further to say, “I like to explain it this way:  I don’t have the overt gift of giving; it’s not a supernatural gift God has given me.  Yet I’m required to give.  I don’t have the supernatural gift of mercy.  Yet I’m required to be merciful.  In my role as a volunteer police chaplain, it is sometimes my job to hold a mother whose child has died of SIDS.  Sometimes I find myself on a murder scene, where I try to comfort the survivors of a horrible tragedy.  And even though I hate to visit hospitals, my work takes me there to bedsides where I hold the hand of assault victims.  And because I am not naturally merciful, I have to depend on God to supernaturally release His mercy through me.

     We must all evangelize through the power of the Holy Spirit.  The apostle Paul wrote, “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength” (Phil. 4:13).  This means that God has given us the strength to share our faith, despite our lack of gifts, talents, and abilities.  For Paul said in Ephesians 1:18-20, “I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know… his incomparably great power for us who believe.  That power is like the working of His mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead.

     This means we have the same power that raised Jesus from the dead, living in us, so we lack nothing to get the job done.

     As an evangelist, I must tell you that just because evangelism might be difficult for you, you do not have an excuse to ignore it.  When you are obedient in sharing your faith, you are giving God an opportunity to work through you, perhaps even despite you.  Jesus told us, “Go!”  This was not an option; it was a command!

Quote of the day:  William Fay

“Here is a man, giving his all with what little physical and mental abilities he has left, to share a lie.  Yet too many Christians sit back, too afraid to share the truth.”

Bible verse of the day:  Mark 28:19

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

You have commanded each of us to Go.  I pray that through the power of the Holy Spirit, that I will listen to when You say to Go.  Father, obedience is so important.  Father, I have faith in You that You will equip me with what needs to be said and that is so much greater than anything I can come up with in the flesh.  Father, I pray to not become focused on being rejected, but that I stay committed to following Your command.  Father, I pray that my flesh is not weak and that I will be obedient to what You are asking of me.  I know that with You all things are possible and because of Your command, I have “no excuses to ignore it”  I thank You for today!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen